After a week off enjoying the great British summer, we're back to help you plan your cabaret outings with the help of some juicy recommendations. With zip, zero and zilch further ado, here are our Zingers for this weekend.
Zinger Of The Weekend: Uncle David @ ICA, Saturday 4pm
Given that they share trademark traits of OTT glamour, nudity and pseudonyms, it was only a matter of time before cabaret and porn got together. Professional controversialist David Hoyle stepped from the stage to the silver screen earlier this year to make the dark seaside tale Uncle David with co-star, occasional blue film actor and on-screen nephew Ashley Ryder. You won't find it at the multiplex for some reason so hurry down to the ICA today (£5/free for members).
Go barmy with Amy Lamé at Duckie tonight (£6). Tell her we sent you.
Like a “before and after” diet pill ad, Lisa Lee’s Constructed at the Bistrotheque will be showing off a peculiar pot pourri of polished products from five of the acts who performed at her UnderConstruction nights this year including The Fabulous Russella, Blanche Dubois, Natalie Geographic, Helen Noir & Darrell Berry and Claire Benjamin (£12/£10 diners).
There's all-day entertainment down at the Bow Road Arts Club as art/cabaret collective The Late Night Shop present their Sardine Theatre. Peak-time Victoria Line users will be at home in this tiny venue as the Shoppers put on an East End Tea Party from noon to 6pm before taking to the stage at 8pm for some of their deliciously dark and saucy brand of entertainment. (free)
Tonight is the farewell hurrah for the Bathhouse, a supperclub which has been serving up steaming piles of cabaret in the City for the last couple of years. If you haven't been before, this is your chance to say hello and wave goodbye. (free to £7)
Highbury's Horatia plays host to the funfest that is Elysian Nights. One part punk rock, one part burlesque, one part circus with a dash of comedy, Adam Clark's cabaret cocktail has something for all the family, as long as that family is the Manson family. Tonight's guests include the well-named Zirkus Der Grotesken from Leeds via Glastonbury and assorted European venues.
Those of you with forward planning skills and a taste for the good stuff will want to take note of these upcoming events.
- "Vaudeville's darkest muse" Pustra Muse will be debutting his new show Kabarett Des Namenlosen appropriately enough at Baron Von Sanderson's upcoming Die Freche Muse on 24 September. Preview here. Go.
- Northern star Myra Dubois' alter ego will be at the RVT on 29 September with Auntie Myra's Fun Show promising "an evening of mad-capped, soul-destroying mayhem". Fab.
- If you missed out on Olympic beach volleyball tickets, there's still a chance to see some sporty flesh-baring next year with the London Burlesque Games 2012. In order to make that event happen, the man behind London Burlesque Week will be holding a themed fundraiser with international stars on 1 October. More details here. Ooh.
- Mash-up maestros Pistol & Jack will be bringing their non-award-winning-but-still-well-worth-seeing Edinburgh show SMASH*GLAM*SEX*MUSIC to Soho Downstairs on 21-28 October. Rock!